KLH Model 6 Perspectives

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KLH Model 6 Perspectives

Post by PioneerFan » 22 Oct 2019 13:39

I restored and recapped a pair of these a few years ago- and reinforced the surrounds. The wood cabinets, and restoring those, was my favorite part of the initial project, and I look back with fond memories, as they served as my gateway into the vintage audio hobby. They are still my favorite speakers. I have them paired with my Pioneer SX-780. While not the most efficient speakers, they provide an amazing, warm, non fatiguing sound to my middle aged ears. I got them at a Salvation Army for $4.99 US/pair. And they are beautiful.

Is anyone else still rocking their Model 6's? If I am not mistaken, a 3rd party came out at one time with add-on tweeter kits to extend the highs. Have yet to see those for sale anywhere.

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Re: KLH Model 6 Perspectives

Post by lenjack » 22 Oct 2019 16:35

As I recall, these were among the first speakers released by Henry Kloss shortly after he left Edgar Villchur at Acoustic Research in the late 60s, and were extremely highly regarded.

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Re: KLH Model 6 Perspectives

Post by PioneerFan » 28 Oct 2019 13:02

I have one of the later pair with the cabinets that are "easier" to open, with screwed in woofers. I was able to access the crossovers that way for changing out the caps. They are amazing speakers, still. My hearing does not really warrant extending the highs, but others may want to. They have that mellow, sweet, "East Coast Sound" so popular in the 60's into the early 70's.

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Re: KLH Model 6 Perspectives

Post by Adamo0926 » 29 Oct 2019 02:00

PioneerFan wrote:
28 Oct 2019 13:02
I have one of the later pair with the cabinets that are "easier" to open, with screwed in woofers. I was able to access the crossovers that way for changing out the caps. They are amazing speakers, still. My hearing does not really warrant extending the highs, but others may want to. They have that mellow, sweet, "East Coast Sound" so popular in the 60's into the early 70's.
I have 2 pairs of the original Advent Loudspeaker that I have been listening to in the "stacked" configuration. Really love how they sound like that.

But I have wanted to grab a pair of KLH's as well.....eventually I probably will

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Re: KLH Model 6 Perspectives

Post by PioneerFan » 29 Oct 2019 15:05

Adamo0926 wrote:
29 Oct 2019 02:00
PioneerFan wrote:
28 Oct 2019 13:02
I have one of the later pair with the cabinets that are "easier" to open, with screwed in woofers. I was able to access the crossovers that way for changing out the caps. They are amazing speakers, still. My hearing does not really warrant extending the highs, but others may want to. They have that mellow, sweet, "East Coast Sound" so popular in the 60's into the early 70's.
I have 2 pairs of the original Advent Loudspeaker that I have been listening to in the "stacked" configuration. Really love how they sound like that.

But I have wanted to grab a pair of KLH's as well.....eventually I probably will
Neglected to say, I got mine a few years ago at Salvation Army, for 4.99/pair. In beautiful condition. All I did was recap the crossover, redope the woofer surrounds, and spruce up the cabinetry with a few coats of Danish Oil.

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Re: KLH Model 6 Perspectives

Post by lenjack » 29 Oct 2019 15:19

KLH 6's for $4.99/pair? Was this at the point of a gun?

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Post by PioneerFan » 29 Oct 2019 16:26

lenjack wrote:
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KLH 6's for $4.99/pair? Was this at the point of a gun?
They had just come out onto the floor, when I spotted them. I ran to them with a shopping cart. When I brought them to the cashier, I said "these don't have a price on them. I'll offer you $5 for this pair of old speakers". She said, "I'll do that better by one penny". Yes, $4.99 for the pair. I have scored some great deals at the thrift stores, this was the king of them all.

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Post by TAKRL1902 » 09 Nov 2019 00:53

I have a pair of the KLH model 17's that I restored as you did. They were great speakers back in the day and still very good today. I just replaced them with a pair of Tekton Lore Minitowers and have to admit that, while they are better than the Model 17's, not by a whole lot.

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Post by PioneerFan » 11 Nov 2019 12:53

I was listening to some records last night. Darn, these speakers sound magnificent.

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Post by lenjack » 11 Nov 2019 16:40

Early KLH was definitely one of the greats. Those speakers will stand up to today's best.

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Re: KLH Model 6 Perspectives

Post by PioneerFan » 12 Nov 2019 13:25

They really are smooth, mellow speakers, with more bottom end then they logically should have.

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Post by vinyl master » 12 Nov 2019 14:40

Man, PioneerFan, I'd love to find some of those in the thrift shop sometime...All I see are beaten-up Panasonics, Fishers, Technics, Sonys and no-name garbage speakers...There are some Reader's Digest speakers at one of my thrift shops right now that have probably sat there for a couple months!! :shock: Of course, I did see some Magneplanar MG-1's at that SAME thrift store once, so I hold out hope that one day I'll find something good again...

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Post by PioneerFan » 12 Nov 2019 14:50

I was very persistent, but also, very lucky. You have to keep going to these stores.

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Re: KLH Model 6 Perspectives

Post by lenjack » 12 Nov 2019 16:24

PioneerFan wrote:
12 Nov 2019 13:25
They really are smooth, mellow speakers, with more bottom end then they logically should have.
Not really. The K in KLH stands for Henry Kloss, who was an associate of Edgar Villchur at AR, who invented the acoustic suspension principle which, for the first time, allowed small speakers, to have really deep, extended bass.

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Re: KLH Model 6 Perspectives

Post by PioneerFan » 12 Nov 2019 17:45

Just saying, upon eyeballing, they sound larger than their physical size.

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